NEW YORK (AP) - Selected transcripts and audio of Richard Nixon's Oval Office conversations will be published in book form next August, the 40th anniversary of Nixon's resignation from the presidency. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced Tuesday that "The Nixon Tapes" will feature the first transcriptions of Nixon and his aides discussing subjects ranging from Vietnam to Nixon's 1972 re-election campaign. The country first learned that the tapes existed during Senate hearings in 1973 that looked into the growing Watergate scandal, which eventually led to Nixon's departure. The last of some 4,000 hours of conversations was finally made public this year. "The Nixon Tapes" will be edited and annotated by historian Douglas Brinkley, who helped compile a book of Ronald Reagan's diaries, and Luke Nichter, whose website www.nixontapes.org features digital recordings of Nixon's conversations.
NEW YORK (AP) - Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have signed up to host the Golden Globes for two more years. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association said Tuesday that the former "Saturday Night Live" chums will be back after a successful show earlier this year. Next year's Golden Globes will be held in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Jan. 12. The two stars garnered good reviews with this year's show, with an act less biting than predecessor Ricky Gervais yet still fun. Allen Shapiro, who runs Dick Clark Productions, said Fey and Poehler have a "truly unique chemistry."
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - And how was YOUR weekend? For Taylor Swift, it was quite good - as she opened her own education center and accepted her record sixth songwriter-artist of the year award. The center was opened Saturday, with Swift doing the ribbon-cutting honors in Nashville, Tennessee. She said she was excited that the center had three different classes going on even as it was opening. Swift says she hopes to be involved in some way in the education going on at the facility. Meanwhile, she has been awarded her sixth songwriter-artist of the year award - an honor coming from Nashville Songwriters Association International.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lauren Conrad says she's "beyond thrilled" to be getting hitched. The star of "The Hills" and "Laguna Beach" had a ring put on it by musician William Tell. Word of the engagement comes from Conrad's blog. She's 27.
UNDATED (AP) - We don't know who's in as the lead in the movie version of "50 Shades of Gray," but we do know who is out. Charlie Hunnam has been excused from the cast - something the studio and actor are calling a mutual decision. Hunnam drew some fire from fans of the book who didn't think he'd fit the role of the seductive billionaire Christian Gray. But the "Sons of Anarchy" star said he was up to the challenge. But now Hunnam says his schedule is too busy to take on the challenge. Still cast in the co-starring role is Dakota Johnson.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Gravity" again is holding it down at the box office. The movie starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney continues to dominate ticket sales, taking in $44.3 million over the weekend. That's only a 21-percent drop from last weekend's take. Usually a film will bleed off about half its revenue from opening week to the next. Number two is "Captain Phillips," with $26 million of box office business. Meanwhile the second installation of "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" grabbed third place. Its followed by the weekend's other new release, "Machete Kills," which took in $3.8 million dollars.
NEW YORK (AP) - Mark your calendars: Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici of ABC's "The Bachelor" are getting married. Their wedding ceremony will air live on ABC on Jan. 26. "The Bachelor: Sean and Catherine's Wedding" will be hosted by Chris Harrison. Lowe was named the franchise's 17th bachelor after he was rejected by Emily Maynard on "The Bachelorette." Other couples to marry from "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette" include Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter, Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney, and Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum. "The Bachelor" returns in January with Juan Pablo Galavis looking to find his match from 25 eligible women.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The man who wrote two of the biggest hits for Gladys Knight and the Pips is getting an honor from his home state. Jim Weatherly wrote the tunes "Midnight Train to Georgia" and "Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me" - and he will be getting an award from the governor of Mississippi's office. Weatherly joins Grammy Award winning bluesman James Cotton as among the recipients for 2014. The winners will receive their awards early next year.
UNDATED (AP) - Dierks Bentley says he's about to have "the best tasting cold beer of my life." He tweeted Wednesday night his wife, Cassidy, gave birth to their son, Knox. They also have two daughters: five-year-old Evie, and two-year-old Jordan.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Matthew Morrison is already in the Christmas spirit. He's coming out with an EP of holiday songs next month. The six songs include "It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," "Let It Snow" and a medley of "I'll be Home for Christmas" and "Mele Kalikimaka (MAY'-lay kuh-lee-kee-MAH'-kuh)," which will give him a chance to play one of his favorite instruments, the ukulele. The EP drops November 19. Morrison will sing with the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center in Washington on the 29th and 30th of November and he has a PBS special airing on the 30th.